In the first phase of creation we saw the words of God create the inanimate world which included vegetation. Beginning with the 4th day we see the second phase of creation occurring as it parallels and complements the first three days. In this study, we investigate day 4 of creation. We begin by looking at the golden thread. Then we discover how day 4 connects to day 1. By looking at the text we will see the three purposes for the sun, moon, and stars. Once more we will compare our story to the epic of Gilgamesh and other texts in the Tanak.
The golden thread of Genesis 1 continues! We will see how it flows through days 2 and 3 of the creation. Also in this lesson, we will discuss the firmament and how the Hebrew text reveals an answer the English translations totally miss. We explore the age old question, “why is day two not deemed as good.” As we progress to day 3, we will look at the epic of Gilgamesh and how it compares to the Torah story of creation and much more.
The creation story of Genesis 1 & 2 is very familiar to us today. The ancients would have seen and understood it different than we do. In the ancient world, the creation section would have been common discussion among the learned and wise men. This is still true today. However, this question for our study is how would the ancient’s understood the creation story?